SAN FRANCISCO, California (CRON) – San Francisco city officials predict another big jump in coronavirus cases.
To stay ahead of the curve, the city announced that it is building a new temporary hospital to vacate beds for patients with COVID.
The new hospital will be open to non-hospital patients who need short-term medical care or follow-up.
The San Francisco health director is not something sugar-coated. On Thursday, he said we were in a “big leap” in coronavirus cases, prompting the city to open a new facility on Gorgas Avenue in the Presidium that would be proactive rather than reactive.
The city says the hospital will open with 20 patients, but has a capacity of 93 people.
As San Francisco is worried about a “big leap”
“It took us 38 days to go from 2,000 to 3,000 cases. It only took half as long as we went from 3,000 to 4,000, and in just 10 days this month, we went from 5,000 to 6,000 cases of COVID-19, ”said Dr. Grant Colfax.
Dr. Grant Colfax, director of health care in San Francisco, says the cases are growing at an alarming rate.
The city currently has 6,423 people with COVID-19.
A lift in April released 94 people to the hospital. That number dropped to 26 six weeks ago, and by Thursday, 107 patients were in the hospital with coronavirus – a quarter of them in intensive care.
“Let me be aware that we are in a big leap at COVID-19,” said Dr. Colfax. “The virus is moving fast and more and more people are getting seriously ill.”
As hospitals expect to see more coronavirus patients, the city will use the new facility near Gorgas Avenue to care for 93 non-COVID patients who need a short-term medical stay.
“This new low-severity medical center is a hospital,” said San Francisco chief Catherine Stephanie. “The patient who stays here will receive treatment at this place instead of hospital care or will be transferred from hospital.”
The city says it has not yet overwhelmed its healthcare system and hopes to keep it that way with this new facility.
Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious disease specialist at UCSF, says planning will be most important in the coming months.
“Anticipate the badness instead of reacting to it. When you react to bad things, you do it quickly and cut corners, “Chin-Hong said. “When you can plan and do things methodically, because you can think about what the limitations of health care staff are in this new facility, which is something you just can’t do overnight.”
The city has not yet announced an official target date, but we expect things to move here soon.
The new facility is a reminder of how important it is to do our part, wash our hands, stay socially distant and wear our masks.
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